Stage Door
Stage Door (1937)

Freely adapted from Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman play, this is a warm, funny portrait of the theatrical community in New York. Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn play two struggling actresses who live in a boarding house that hosts a… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 1937
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

While it sometimes lapses into pure corn, it nevertheless manages to capture the manic-depressive dormitory atmosphere of young actresses trying to make it in New York.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The entire cast is stellar, including little knowns Lucille Ball -- "my big break"-- Eve Arden, "real discovery" Andrea Leeds, Jack Carson, and a 14-year-old Ann Miller who lied about her age.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

La Cava keeps it always fascinating, the pace lively, the dialogue sharp and the ensemble cast all chip in with first-class performances.

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Variety Staff

It is funny in spots, emotionally effective occasionally, and generally brisk and entertaining.

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Melissa Anderson

Stage Door crackles with zingers ad-libbed by a cast that includes Ginger Rogers, Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, and Lucille Ball.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Second only to the incomparable All About Eve as the best movie ever made about the theater.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

One of the great sassy-women comedy-dramas of the '30s.

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Emanuel Levy

Stage Door, La Cava's serio comedy about a group of aspiring actresses, is one of Hollywood's wittiest and most enjoyable backstage sagas. In top form, Hepburn and Ginger Rogers head a large cast that includes Lucille Ball, Andrea Leeds, and Ann Miller

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Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

The movie is hilarious and touching with classic scenes of Hepburn trying to emote her lines about calla lilies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This is the best movie about showbiz that I've seen from the 30s, I highly recommend it. Hepburn gives a fantastic performance and so do Rogers and Ball.… More
Cindy I
A film about a boardinghouse for aspiring actresses, their successes and their failures, with early performances by such stars as Katherine Hepburn, Ginger… More
Red Lats
I saw this recently on a channel featuring classics. Amazing to have so many future stars in one movie. The story remains relevant today even though it is a… More
jay nixon
what a cast!
Stella Dallas
i like it better than the women. gotta wonder how kate and ginger got along
John Ballantine
This early Hepburn piece is charming but far too corny to be a great film.